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09/07/2023 - 10/07/2023 All day

“Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever” (Psalm 136:26).

In his best selling book, “The 5 Love languages” the renowned counselor, Gary Chapman,  shares the story of Ashley, a 13 year old girl who run away from her home and got entangled in one relationship after another, with none lasting. Explaining her circumstances, she shared how she was hurt by her parents’ divorce: “I felt my father left because he didn’t love me…when my mother remarried.. I thought she now had someone to love her, but I still had no one to love me. I wanted so much to be loved…!” Once Ashley felt no longer loved by her “new catch” she quickly moved on to “Mr Next!”

Chapman noted that Ashely’s love tank was empty and hence the search to have it filled from anywhere and regardless. Within every human being God has placed that tank seeking to be filled with a well of love. Babies cry for love.  Children are desperate for love.  Adults search for love. When adults fail to find love in a certain person those with means seek it in all sorts of alternative avenues. Aside from running from one relationship to another, many choose to buy acceptance. There is a reason why many people spend so much purchasing status things they don’t need! It’s all about acceptance and being “loved!”

Now, if we are longing for love and acceptance, as is only natural, then there is a place where we don’t have to cash in for it. God’s love. It is a comfort to know that God has shared with us His love at no cost. “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1).

Ashely moved from one relationship to another desperately searching for love. She was often disappointed. Yet there is the permanent love of God, which is there for us: “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness” ( Psalm 86:15).

Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, thank you so much for the love that you have for me as your child, and I know I don’t have to buy it from anywhere, because you have accepted me for whom I am, and this I pray in Jesus’s name.

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    "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands” (Acts 17:24)

    When in his missionary journey the Apostle Paul ventured into the city of Athens he was struck by two things. First, the Athenians spent most of the day doing nothing but talking about the latest ideas (Acts 17:21). In spite of that they could not figure out who the great God is and his plan for their salvation.

    Secondly, Paul noticed Athens was filled with temples and statutes all over. In fact he came across one altar marked with an inscription to an “unknown god” (verse 23). The Athenians were a very religious people, searching God but with no idea of his plans for salvation through Jesus.
    The experience of Paul travelling through Athens could be the same with any of us visiting our modern cities. It is easy to find folks arguing about where truth can be found on social media almost all day. And then also one can find temples of all nature rising across the city. This is usually where they have assigned and restricted God as folks go about their lives.

    One thing Paul reminded the Athenians is that in spite of all their great arguments and temples the truth was actually not far from them. “From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundary of their lands. God did this so that they should seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any of us” (Acts 17:27-28).

    Today, you may find yourself in a situation similar to that of the Athenians, where you are searching for the truth, yet it is so close to you. “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

    Prayer for today: Lord Father in heaven, today I pray in the blessed name of Jesus, to know and share the truth of your salvation like Paul did for you are not far from any who truly desires to know you, this I pray in Jesus’ name!